England crash Japan dream as they beat 5-3 on penality

Phillip Butler
October 19, 2017

He was only allowed to attend the meet on condition that he would return to his club after the preliminary round.

Gomes, making his second consecutive start of the tournament, operated in the small pocket between Japan's two banks of four, while Foden on the right midfield channel was once again the most influential English player on the pitch.

"Jadon's gone home, Dortmund have requested that he heads back to Germany which is obviously a disappointment in terms of the tournament", explained Cooper. People enjoyed seeing Jadon play.

Cooper said playing in front of such strong crowds helped the young boys immensely and that they would love to come back here for the final on October 28.

"It was disappointing to see him go".

"I can only imagine Dortmund want him back to play in their first team at the weekend and I assume he will be starting for them, because I can't think of a reason why you would take a player away from a World Cup". We are looking forward to go to Goa. "I was moved by the players, who fought hard and did their utmost", he said. "We've played in front of some wonderful attendances which has been a real benefiting factor for the players because they're still quite young so to get an early experience of playing in front of crowds like that will serve them well in the long-term".

First the highlight reel of Japan, which prompted Yoshiro Moriyama to comment after the game that "it went nearly as it was planned".

Barring Stoke City goalkeeper Josef Bursik, England have used all of their 20 players in three games underlining the depth in their ranks.

Cooper admitted the game against Japan was very tough, adding he was happy the team did not leak goals and kept a clean sheet.

After coasting to a 6-1 victory over lowly Honduras, Japan were checked by France 1-2 with key players Keito Nakamura and Takefusa Kubo man-marked and their midfielders zonally choked. On another afternoon he would have had a goal and a couple assists to show for his effort, but this was no simple game for England and they will be delighted to have scraped through.

Whatever the outcome of Saturday's game, the England boss says his young players will have learned a lot from reaching the knockout stages of a World Cup.

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